OECD events on water


The OECD maintains an active programme of water-related events:

  • International conferences dedicated to water issues (part of the OECD Global Forum series) – where recent OECD work is shared and further discussed with government officials and water experts from all over the world.
  • Sessions in key events in the international water agenda, such as the World Water Forum (held every three years) or the annual World Water Week – where policy messages from recent and on-going work are showcased.
  • Workshops and expert meetings that help implement the OECD programme on water by providing an opportunity to receive and discuss expert input into OECD projects.
  • Water sessions in OECD meetings focused on other themes – such as governance and agricultural meetings.

A list of upcoming and past events can be found below. More information about participation possibilities and outcomes can be obtained through the links provided. OECD experts are often called to make water-related presentations in international events and to provide expert input to global or regional processes.


9 April Green Talks LIVE on Financing water: Investing in Sustainable Growth
20 March Roundtable on Financing Water High-Level Session at the 8th World Water Forum, Brasilia
18-23 March OECD at the World Water Forum, Brasilia
30 May OECD Forum session on Safeguarding our Oceans
26-31 August World Water Week "Water, ecosystems and human development", Stockholm.
27 August OECD sessions on financing at Stockholm World Water Week
- Blended finance: From principles to practice
29 August - Follow-up on the High-Level Panel Water: Financing & Valuing



5 Feburary 2018 OECD Workshop on Managing Contaminants of Emerging Concern in Surface Waters, OECD Paris
30 November 2017 Green Talks LIVE video recording | Groundwater Allocation: Managing Growing pressures on quantity and quality
21-22 November 2017 Green Growth and Sustainable Development Forum on Greening the Ocean Economy, OECD Paris
20-21 November 2017 10th Meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, Vienna
18 October 2017

Green Talks LIVE video recording | Groundwater Allocation: Water Risk Hotspots for Agriculture

13 September 2017 2nd Meeting - Roundtable on Financing Water, at WATEC, Tel Aviv
27 August - 1 Sept 2017 OECD at World Water Week "Water and Waste: Reduce and Reuse", Stockholm
3-4 July 2017 9th meeting of the OECD Water Governance Initiative, OECD Paris
29 May - 3 June 2017 International Water Resources Association (IWRA) XVI World Water Congress, Cancun
24 April 2017 "Putting water at the centre of the global agenda", remarks and essay by Mr. Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, at the event “Prioritising Water on the Global Agenda”, hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations, New York
12-13 April

1st Meeting - Roundtable on Financing Water, OECD Paris

6 April Green Talks LIVE on Degraded Waters: Emerging policy solutions to tackle diffuse pollution
22 March 2017 World Water Day 2017 webinar on wastewater organised by International Water Resources Association (IWRA) and release of the OECD report Diffuse Pollution, Degraded Waters: Emerging Policy Solutions
28 Aug - 2 Sept 2016   2016 Stockholm World Water Week "Water for Sustainable Growth
December 2015 COP21 side event: Defining water resilient actions to climate change, Paris-Le Bourget
September 2015 "Let's talk about water" panel and film event on Water Policy in the Age of Big Data. Putting the information revolution to work for water, opening Remarks by Angel Gurría, OECD Secretary-General, OECD Paris
August 2015 OECD at World World Water Week, Stockholm, including a workshop on managing water resources for green growth and equity (Programme Session 1session 2 and session 3)
April 2015 7th World Water Forum, Korea. The OECD Secretary-General, Mr Angel Gurría, chaired several high-level panels and the OECD actively participated through a series of events, the launch of four reports and by taking part in a number of workshops and seminars throughout the forum
November 2014  OECD Global Forum on Environment: New Perspectives on the Water-Energy-Food-Nexus, OECD Paris
September 2014 OECD at World Water Week, Stokcholm
August 2014 Joint OECD, the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce and Industry (FICCI), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and 2030 Water Resources Group (2030 WRG) Seminar on Water Risks and Stewardship, India. Summary and Proceedings of the seminar
June 2014 OECD participation in the Singapore International Water Week and the World Cities Summit. Promotion of the OECD-GWP Global Dialogue on Water Security and Sustainable Growth and the project on Managing Water for Future Cities
October 2013 International Conference on Water, Tel Aviv

September 2013

OECD participation in the 2013 World Water Week, Stockholm. The OECD's Secretary-General as well as OECD staff participated in a number of seminars and events. Two new OECD Water reports were launched Water Security for Better Lives and Water and Climate Change Adaptation: Policies to Navigate Uncharted Waters

August 2012 

OECD participation at the 2012 World Water Week, Stockholm

June 2012

OECD at Rio+20 Conference

March 2012

OECD at the 6th World Water Forum, Marseille

December 2011

OECD at the UN Climate Change Conference in Durban (COP17), Durban 

October 2011

Global Forum on Environment: Making Water Reform Happen, OECD Paris
October 2011 Global Forum on Environment on the OECD Environmental Outlook to 2050, OECD Paris

September 2011

7th "Environment for Europe" Ministerial Conference organised by the UN Economic Commission for Europe

August 2011

2011 World Water Week 2011: Responding to Global Changes - Water in an Urbanising World, Stockholm

December 2010

OECD at the UN Climate Change Conference (COP16), Cancun

September 2010

2010 World Water Week in Stockholm: The Water Quality Challenge

May 2010

OECD Workshop on Improving the information base to better guide water resource management decision making, Zaragoza

March 2010

OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing, Paris

March 2010

As a contribution to World Water Day, celebrated each year on 22 March, the OECD released three new publications on water: Pricing Water Resources and Water and Sanitation ServicesSustainable Management of Water Resources in Agriculture; and Innovative Financing Mechanisms for the Water Sector. The OECD Secretary-General Angel Gurría made a special address on the occasion of the release of these reports on 16 March during the OECD Expert Meeting on Water Economics and Financing (15-17 March), OECD Paris

February 2010

OECD Agriculture Ministerial Meeting, OECD Paris

January 2010

Regional Meeting on Private Sector Participation in water and sanitation in EECCA – Recent Experience and the Way Forward

November 2009

Joint Meeting of the EU Water Initiative's EECCA Working Group and the OECD EAP Task Force’s Group of Senior Officials for Water Sector Reform in EECCA, Bucharest

June 2009  

OECD Expert Meeting on Financing Water Management, Paris

March 2009 

2009 World Water Forum, Istanbul

December 2008  

OECD Global Forum: Financing and Pricing Water: the roles of government policies, the private sector and civil society, Paris

September 2008 

IMTA-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Latin American country experiences, Mexico

March 2008

ADB-OECD Expert Meeting for a beneficial private sector participation in the water and sanitation sector, lessons learnt from Asian country experiences, Manila

November 2007

OECD Expert Meeting on Sustainable Financing for Affordable Water Services: From Theory to Practice, Paris

November 2007

NEPAD-OECD Roundtable on Strengthening Investment Climate Assessment and Reform in NEPAD Countries, Lusaka

November 2006

OECD Global Forum: Public-Private Partnerships in Water Supply and Sanitation – Recent Trends and New OpportunitiesParis

December 2003 OECD Global Forum: Financing Water and Environmental Infrastructure for AllParis


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